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    I took Ash for his first off lead walk today I feel so proud coz he was such a good boy lol
    It was still early 10 to 7am when left so still quiet out only saw a couple of cars.

    I've been hesitant up until now because we live in inner suburbs Melbourne and he has always run off at any opportunity given but his recall is almost 100% now and I have been letting him go from the car (out on the street) into our house off lead and he hasn't run off.

    I was teaching him a few things along the walk, any suggestions of what else I could teach would be most welcomed.

    - Out of there (when he goes into other peoples driveways/yards)
    - off the road
    - always ask for a sit when we come to a road
    - yucky leave (when he goes near poo hehe)

    Just basic commands really but is there anything you have ever needed to use and glad you have taught?

    Long post but just wanted to share

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    That's great Stef that Ash was so good for you, but if a ranger catches you walking him off lead on the streets you could get fined. Might be better to find an designated off leash park to take him to? Much safer too.

    Sounds like you're doing a great job with his training!

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    Well done stef! I would introduce a release command like "OK" so that you can release him from the sit when you continuou walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    That's great Stef that Ash was so good for you, but if a ranger catches you walking him off lead on the streets you could get fined. Might be better to find an designated off leash park to take him to? Much safer too.

    Sounds like you're doing a great job with his training!
    I agree with this.

    It is great news that his recall is getting so great Stef, but it is an offence to have a dog off-lead in a public place that isn't designated specifically off-leash for dogs.

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    Ohhh yeh, i always check signs at the parks but forgot that they aren't allowed off lead in streets.

    Might have a look on council website to see if there are any dog parks with walking tracks around.

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    Aw that's great!

    I achieved this with Pipi last November, and it feels great doesn't it?

    I forgot that dogs weren't allowed off leash in public areas and took her for a quick walk up and down the street off leash, lucky I didn't get caught.

    Since then we have been going to off leash parks every day and walking around that and playing fetch.

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    Thats what I might do Belle, take a ball with me and go along a walking track as he gets a bit bored at the park when there's no other dogs around

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    Quote Originally Posted by stef_07 View Post
    Thats what I might do Belle, take a ball with me and go along a walking track as he gets a bit bored at the park when there's no other dogs around


    Pipi loves it, and if there is another dog coming our way, I don't have to worry about her running off as she is 100% focused on the tennis ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippo View Post
    Well done stef! I would introduce a release command like "OK" so that you can release him from the sit when you continuou walking.
    It is a fantastic feeling when you have confidence in your dog.

    I use the command "Off you go." to release my dog.

    I use the command "In" to get into the car and "Out" to get her to jump out of the car. Shelby seems to not concentrate on me too much when I am beside her and she is excited, so I usually say. "Okay Out" or "Okay In". I use the okay, to get the dogs attention and only then give her the command.

    I use a whistle with Shelby to bring her towards me. If I ever call her, I make her do a proper sit directly in front of me. (I do not normally bother with a finish to heal).

    Lastly I make it Shelby's job to keep an eye on me. It is her job to watch me always.
    When she decides to follow a scent, chase a dog or take her eyes off me I turn and RUN. Her job is to keep her eyes on me and know where I am at all times. I also do my best to hide from her and make her find me by tracking my scent.
    To teach your dog this, find a very quiet area with no distractions and simply walk, but when they decide to walk off, turn and run in the opposite direction. Run, Yell and make lots of noise and make a game of it and when they catch you , heaps of praise. After all you want to make it a game of 'chasings' and it must be fun!

    Happy training

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